Tuesday, August 05, 2008
A New Addition to Our Collection of Historic Memorabilia
Recently a friend told me about this postcard which he had discovered, and I subsequently purchased it for the Hawthorne Hotel's collection of memorabilia. It is a view that I had not seen as a postcard or other image before, and also showed some interesting historical aspects. For example, the old cars out front helps to date it for us (a friend thinks they were from around 1934 or so), and the space and building to the right edge tell a story as well.
At the far right edge you can see a bit of the Crowninshield-Bentley House, which is now located across the street from the Hawthorne Hotel. It was donated to the Peabody Essex Museum in the eighties, to make room for an expansion of the hotel's dining room. The addition is called Sophia's, and you enter it through Nathaniel's Restaurant. There are some old photos in the archives of PEM that indicate the house was at one time used as a shop, and if I remember correctly, it was a Joke Shop.
I hope you enjoy this look back in time, at the historic Hawthorne Hotel, here in Salem, Massachusetts.